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10 August 2016

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Mars, autochromes, Tony Luciani's 93-year-old mother, pricing guidelines plus an Olympics multiple exposure and some composites.

  • We have two collections of images for you to wallow in today. For the unearthly, there's NASA's release earlier this month of thousands of photos of Mars taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRise camera. And if you'd rather time-travel, there's the 23,000 image collection at the Albert Kahn museum, which offers "a hundred hours of movies and 72,000 autochromes."
  • In Instead of complaining when his 93-year-old mom moved in, he got his camera., Eric March tells how Tony Luciani took in his mother, suffering from dementia, just as he was learning how to use a new camera. "I said, 'OK, Mom, you're a good model. Stay still," Luciani remembered. The rest is history. (Thanks to Jenni Almeida for the link.)
  • "How much should I charge?" is a frequently heard but not answered question. Smartshoot's 2015 Photographer Pricing Survey Results actually gives a numerical answer instead of the usual pablum. And they're not going to like this at craigslist.
  • Joe McNally shows off the D5's multiple exposure chops in Same Sport, Different Styles. The sport is fencing, which gets a five-exposure image at the venue compared to two studio shots McNally made of three-time Olympian Sharon Monplaisir. And for yet another style, the New York Times has nice composites of gymnasts Simon Biles, Madions Kocian and Laurie Hernandez.

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